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Cardiff teenager Aaron Ramsey snubs Manchester United in favor of Arsenal switch

Cardiff teenager Aaron Ramsey snubs Manchester United in favor of Arsenal switch

Arsenal looks to have beaten Manchester United over signing promising teenager Aaron Ramsey.
United had effectively declared victory last week in a Premier League tussle to capture the 17-year-old Cardiff midfielder, but the Welshman said Tuesday that his future is in London.
Cardiff, which plays in the League Championship, wants five million pounds (US$9 million) for Ramsey and negotiations are continuing.
"Cardiff City were informed on Friday morning that Aaron Ramsey's preferred destination this summer is at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal," the club said in a statement. "We will now continue the dialogue with the Gunners with a view to Aaron's move being completed."
Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale said he had hoped United would clinch the player.
"The only deal with a loan-back option was with Manchester United, but ultimately it is up to the player to decide where he wants to go," Ridsdale said. "In an ideal world I would have wished him to go to Manchester United were to he to leave us.
"But we have to be careful as we have relationships with Arsenal and want to do business with them in the future."
United, the Premier League and European champion, conceded on its Web site Tuesday that it had been "snubbed" by Ramsey, who played 21 games last season for the FA Cup finalist.
The Red Devils went public last week to announce a fee was agreed with Cardiff for Ramsey, and that a deal was just waiting for personal terms to be resolved and a medical examination.
Also Tuesday, Plymouth announced that its 15-year-old striker Aaron Spear is holding talks with two Premier League clubs, including Newcastle.
"We don't want Aaron to leave us but he is determined to speak to these Premiership teams," Plymouth chief executive Michael Dunford. "We have reluctantly therefore given him permission to talk to them."
UEFA president Michel Platini wants to ban transfers of players under the age of 18.


Updated : 2021-05-19 08:46 GMT+08:00